Hot Shock Band at Lillie’s 2014-04-05

Looks Like Rain

Well, last night Allen Weber’s Hot Shock Band was supposed to have an outdoor concert at Lillie’s

It is a really cool place to play, because the audience and the owners and staff love jazz, and fusion.

So there they were ready to go, and unfortunately, the rain came.

Moved Inside

The concert was moved inside to a much smaller area inside, but the crowd and staff loved it!

While Hot Shock much prefers the ambiance of seeing the clear skies and stars, as well as the great acoustics when playing outside…It was a great feeling to see the expressions on peoples faces as they were delighted with the music, and watching them uncontrollably start bopping to the rhythm laid down by drummer Brian Jenkins, and bassist Rich Christie… Both musicians extraordinaire.

And of course Allen Weber’s screaming guitar work had the audience on edge.

When asked, Allen said “These guys made it really easy to play. They are a great and powerful engine to drive the music!”

All told everyone had a great time!

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Allen Weber Hot Shock Worldwide Listening Party Feb 23rd

Listen in as a Song From the Allen Weber hot Shock Album Makes it’s New Jersey Terrestial Radio Debut

Join with us in the Worldwide listening party Feb 23rd between 10:30 and 10:45 AM (New York Time)

If you are in New Jersey:
88.7 Fm in Passaic county, Bergen county, Morris county, Essex county

Or on Line at G-Man’s Radio Show

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Aw Funk It! Radio Debut

Sunday Feb. 9, 2014 marks a milestone for the Allen Weber Hot Shock album!

Join us in a world wide listening party from 10:30 – 10:45 AM USA East Coast Time… That is New York Time

Aw Funk It! will make it’s NY/NJ debut on terrestial radio, and at the same time on their streaming internet station. It will be on G-Man’s Show!

If you are in Passaic county, Bergen county, Morris county, Essex county in New Jersey, tune in to 88.7 FM

If you are not in NJ you can listen in with us via the internet. Set your browser to http://gobrave.org hen leave your comments below about what you thought.

To quote from the 1960’s show The Prisoner… “I’ll be seeing you!”

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Allen Weber Radio Interview On EGH

Listen to Allen Weber’s Interview on EGH Radio

So, we tried once and failed. The sound was horrible. Lots of hiss, or feedback.

It didn’t matter if computers were changed, or mic’s and headsets changed.

The first attempt was a failure.

Sticking With It

But we stuck with it. Rescheduled a time and date… and the magic happened!

Listen In

Listen Here to EGH Radio presents Allen Weber HOT SHOCK jazz fusion from EGH media.

The interview goes for about an hour, and includes some of the music from the album “Allen Weber Hot Shock”

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Allen Weber Hot Shock — The Story Behind the Song — Aw Funk It!

The Story Behind the Song — Aw Funk It! by Allen Weber on the Hot Shock Album

I always liked the humor Oz Noy has in his playing. I needed to have one last song to complete the Hot Shock album. And since at one time earlier in my career I was playing with a funk horn band… I thought it would be fun to write something like this.

I tried to capture humor in the song, the title seemed like something Oz Noy would use. the title came first. Before I started writing the song — which is really unusual for me.

Title and Lyrics First

Typically I start writing the music first, then try and figure out a title.

While writing this song, right afte the title, I came up with the lyrics. I thought it would be good to call out some respect to funkers I like

Unfortunately, there was not enough time to mention them all. I had a list of about 40 names! So I had to cut down. I apologize to those I did not mention.

Frankenstein

I again used kind of a Frankenstein writing technique to write Aw Funk It!. Just write a bunch of parts and then piece them together so they flow.

So I reached back, and brought out some funk riffs to create something different.

Humor

Something that particularly amused me in the past was when I would play the John McLaughlin / Mahavishnu Orchastra song Dance of Maya for friends. It had a bluesy part they solo’d over. But it dropped a beat. The only way you could count it and stay on beat was to count it or feel it in double time… 1 and 2 ; instead of 1,2 etc.

That look of confusion when people got lost and were wondering what hppened ws priceless. I had to incorporate it into this song. Especially with the name Aw Funk It!

So there is a line the band plays. At first I was playing it in unison with the bass and keyboards. But that was boring…

So I started playing 9th chords in a syncopated rhythm up at the high G position.

After a few cycles, I would go back to the unison part, with keys and bass.

Then I got the idea that I shold be playing it in harmony, and we could use that for a cue!

So I recorded the part on my Zoon H4n, and played it back trying various harmonies.

On one of them, I was not paying attention and I ended up playing it in a weird position. It sounded dissonant but still in tune and really cool… at least to me

I’m the writer of the song, so WTF? Might as well amuse myself, and hopefully others will enjoy it!

So that is how the weird harmony came in before the break.

Chords

Once I had the melody lines down, it was time to figure out the best chords that would give the feel I wanted to the song.

I needed chords that sounded good, contrasting with, yet supporting the melody.

Solo Section

I wanted something different for the solos. And I decided that it would be just a guitar solo.

It was based on a past experience

Past Performance Experience

So going waaaaaay back in time. A friend of mine had a band that was playing clubs in CHicago. I worked with him on and off.

At the time his guitarist just quit with no notice, he had gigs booked and needed someone who could step in immediately.

So he called me. With absolutely ZERO rehearsal, I showed up. Before each song, the keyboard player would call out the changes to me, and then we would go.

So there we wre playing a really funky tune. I was getting into it, and suddenly he yells “Guitar Solo!” at the same time everyone except for the drummer dropped out.

No bass, no keys, no horns, no nothing! Just guitar and drums.

Keep on Keeping On

So I just kept up the funky chord rhythm I was playing, and then started adding in some single note riffs. It got the audience really going, and the band (including 4 singers) were all smiling. That stuck with me.

And Aw Funk It! gave me the chance to resurrect that moment in time.

Ending

I wanted an over-produced artificial ending that I thought was funny.

So after we recorded the ending in the studio, during the mixing and mastering phases, I asked Andrew the Engineer who was doing the mixing and mastering if he could speed up the ending so it would be like Alvin and the Chipmunks.

He did it. We listened, and started laughing. At that point I knew the ending was a keeper!

I’m positive you will love the song, with the ending too!

Why not check it out?

You Can Get Your Copy the digital track of Aw Funk It! at:

cdBaby: Aw Funk It! MP3, MP3-320, and FLAC files

Or at TheJazzBox.ca Aw Funk It! The highest quality mp3 format (320 kbps) MP3

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The Story Behind the Song — Distant Thunder From Allen Weber

The Story Behind the Song — Distant Thunder by Allen Weber

I already had the groove for the bass line written. I had written it a few years before. Acdtually what I do is keep some recorders neqar me, so when a groove, or melody or chord changes pop in my head, I can get them down and don’t lose them.

But I knew the song could not just stay with the pattern. You know, the bass riff you hear as the bass fades in as the song begins.

Repeated enough it gets really boring not only to listen to, but also to play!

So Many Choices!

I knew I needed to get a melody part to go over the opening bass riff. So Immediately I grabbed my trusty Zoom h4n recorder, plugged in my bass (which I use solely for writing what I think are cool bass riffs for song ideas) and recorded the bass riff, and playing it over and over it for 10 minutes. That gave me a base to figure out a melody over.

Then I plugged in my guitar and started recording melody ideas. And ohhhhhh boy, did the ideas come

Fortunately, I was recording or they would have been lost forever.

I ended up with about 35 minutes of melody ideas not repeating a single one.

Just a Melody & Bass Riff Do Not A Song Make!

So, after all these melody ideas — some good and some really sucked. I started to cull the ones i thought were better.

I did not want solos over the bass riff. I knew the song had to go somewhere. And I knew I needed a break in the melody. One looooong melody would get really boring.

So I started thinking of riffs that could work. I played a bunch of them on my guitar, and finally one came into being.

That is the riff you hear on the song, in-between the two melody sections.

Too Much

This was the hardest song I ever wrote! I had just too many great sounding melody ideas. Too many to use in a single song.

So I kept cutting and cutting, and cutting.

Eventually, after about three months of cutting and re-arranging the melody lines, I had a small group in the sequence I wanted them that I thought sound right together.

Kind of a Frankenstein writing technique. Just piece parts together so they flow.

Chords

Once I had the melody lines down, it was time to figure out the best chords that would give the feel I wanted to the song.

I needed chords that sounded good, contrasting with, yet supporting the melody.

The first chords I had wanted to use, just did not seem to work the way I was hoping. A totally different and unepxected feel, and NOT what I was trying to convey with the song in “Spirit”So it took a lot of experimentation.

I based my chords not around the melody, at first. I used the bass riff. And if you know the bass riff, you will see it is very open to a wide variety of chords.

Finally I picked the ones I thought worked well, with both melody and bass riff.

Solo Section

I wanted something more energetic for the solos.

So once again I started messing around on my guitar working out different riffs that would be fun to solo over.

Eventually I got one. And then I wanted some chords that are not the ordinary minor7 or 9th, etc.

After experimenting I came up with some. And they are not suspended 4th, which some people may think.

For any musicians reading this, your challenge is to figure out the chords and report back here with what you think they are.

Any takers?

Time To Test

So I brought the song in to rehearsal with the musicians I hired to be on the recording, (my “Hot Shock band” — so to speak)

After some rehearsal of the song, and getting everyone’s feel right, the breaks right, and fade in’s/fade out’s I still found the melody lasted too long!

In fact, the song became an 18 minute tome, In spite of cutting!!! Me and my melody ideas :)

So I whittled down th melody more.

Recording

We went in and recorded the song. By that time I had cut out a lot of the melody lines I wanted to use. But I will use them in future songs. So it was not a loss.

After the song was recorded, it was over 13 minutes long.

Far too long.

So I took a hatchet to the melody, and cut and cut (which tore my heart out, because I loved everything I cut) and I ended up with a song that lasts 9 minutes and thirty two seconds! Still a bit long, but, that’s the way it goes sometimes.

After Recording Playing it Live

After the recording, I took the musicians to a local club not known for dancing, and we played the song Distant Thunder.

Immediately, people’s heads started bouncing in time to the opening bass line. Their eyes started getting wide. And soon they started dancing.

I’m positive you will love the song too!

Why not check it out?

You Can Get Your Copy the digital track of Distant Thunder at:

cdBaby: Distant Thunder MP3, MP3-320, and FLAC files

Or at TheJazzBox.ca Distant Thunder MP3

And if you are so inclined, you can find Distant Thunder listed under Allen Weber Hot Shock at iTunes, Spotify,Last.fm and a host of other sites. If you have a favorite site for buying music, please let us know so we can get the material listed there too.

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Allen Weber Scheduled Radio Station in UK Interview Jan. 6, 2014

Alllen Weber to be Interviewed by Radio Station in UK

The fine details will be announced shortly.

The date of the interview is January 6. It will also be archived so you can listen on a podcast.

This should be a very interesting interview.

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